The 2019 Cumberland Valley National Bank Art Show, which opened over the weekend and is on display at the Laurel County Public Library through Sunday, has 135 pieces of art on display in the auditorium. The annual event is coordinated in part this year by adult programs supervisor Gwen Stivers and children's services supervisor Raina Brown, both of the Laurel County Public Library.
"The art show has been going on since before I joined the library," explained Stivers. "It used to be held at Cumberland Valley National Bank. The event was moved here after the library was renovated a few years back. "
"I think it's important this year to be able to display the talent of our youth," said Brown. "Most of the children who participate come from our community."
Each piece of art was registered under one of two divisions: youth and adult. Within both divisions, each entry was ranked by two judges. Many of the artists receiving blue-ribbon awards, with one adult and two youth receiving best of show.
Marley Carter, age 5, won first place in 3D art for the youth division with a piece she calls "Big Beautiful Feather." She submitted another work called "A Big Giant Big Stick."
"I did all of this painting, and my dad did all of the cutting," said Carter. "It's just fun putting these little things on the art." Her works were collages where glitter, paint and newspaper clippings come together to form a complete work. For being named best of show of the youth-division, she received $50.
Youth blue-ribbon winners each received $10. The blue-ribbon winners of the adult division won $20, with the adult best-of-show receiving $100.
The adult best-of-show winner was Lydia Hughes, who presented a sculpture of two faces for the 3D Art category.
Art was split among multiple categories, with the first-place winner of each receiving the blue ribbon award. For youth, the categories were:
- 3-D Art
In addition, youth entries were divided into age groups ranging from pre-K through second grade to ninth grade through twelfth grade.
The adult division was split between the categories of:
- Still Life
- 3-D Art
The library hosted an opening reception for the event Thursday evening, catering snacks to guests.
On May 10, the Laurel County Public Library will host their 2019 Art Walk, where guests will have the opportunity to observe artists producing their crafts. For more information, contact the Laurel County Public Library at (606) 864-5759, or visit its website at https://laurellibrary.org/.